The immediate surroundings
35 km east of the Rhone river in the upper part of the Provence, the recently restored property Mas lou Parpaioun is located in Crestet, just 3 km south of Vaison-la-Romaine in the French department of Vaucluse. You will find green countryside bordered on the west side by the rocky Dentelles de Montmirail (734m) and on the east side by the pre-Alpes, with the dominating Mont Ventoux at a height of 1912 m visible from the property.
This valley has a very mild climate with over 300 days of sunshine a year with a long summer providing comfortable average temperatures between 25 (May, September) up to 32 degrees Celsius (July and August).
Le Crestet (pop. 440) is a small protected medieval historical village on top of a hill. Surrounded by vineyards, olive and almond trees it has many small alleyways with beautiful architecture. At the top of the village is a small castle with a square that provides a staggering view over the valley, Mont Ventoux and the valley of Crestet. Lou Parpaioun is situated just several hundred meters east of the village center at the bottom of the hill. Crestet has 3 restaurants, one of them at 150 m.
The region is very famous for the Côtes du Rhône and Côtes du Ventoux wines.
The hills and mountains around Crestet offer many hiking and (mountain) biking trails, with beautiful views over the numerous vineyards and scattered small Provencal villages. The Ouveze river, a few hundred meters from the property, offers various spots for swimming and multiple fishing opportunities.
The Toulourenc river at 10 minutes distance by car offers a breathtaking canyon. The height of Mont Ventoux allows for down hill and cross country skiing on the northern slope during some of Crestet's colder short winters. With its green wooded base, well known for truffles, the bold top shows different colours every moment of the day as the light changes.
Other activities in the neighbourhood: Markets, Canoeing, Ceramics, Cycling, Fishing, Flying, Golf, Hiking, Horse riding, Mountain biking, Rock climbing, Shopping, Swimming, Tennis, Walking, Wine tasting, Wine touring, Olive oil tasting, truffle markets (winter).